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Thai court postpones webmaster verdict to May 30

Associated Press Modified: April 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm •  Published: April 29, 2012

BANGKOK (AP) — A Bangkok court has postponed its verdict in a case involving allegedly insulting comments about the monarchy that is testing the bounds of Internet freedom in Thailand.

A verdict in the case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn had been expected Monday but was pushed back to May 30. She faces up to 20 years in jail and is accused of not acting quickly enough to remove reader comments that were deemed insulting to the country's royal family.

The comments were posted on the website of her newspaper, Prachatai.

Chiranuch's case has drawn much criticism from international rights groups against Thailand's tough computer crime laws, which were enacted in 2007.